Robbie Bach joined Microsoft in 1988, and over the next 22 years worked in various marketing, general management, and business leadership roles. He played an important role as a marketing leader in the successful development of the Microsoft Office business, and subsequently led the creation and development of the Xbox business where he served as the Chief Xbox Officer. Robbie retired from Microsoft in 2010 as the company’s President of the Entertainment and Devices Division. Robbie now works as a Civic Engineer with corporate, philanthropic, and civic organizations who are driving positive change in our communities. In 2015, Robbie completed his first book, “Xbox Revisited: A Game Plan for Corporate and Civic Renewal.”
Stephanie Bowman currently serves as President of the Port of Seattle Commission. She is also the Executive Director of Washington ABC, a statewide nonprofit organization promoting policies and programs to help economically-disadvantaged communities build assets through investments in education, home ownership, savings, and small business development.
Stephanie has more than 18 years of experience working in the areas of transportation and economic development on the local, state, and federal levels, including at the Port of Tacoma and Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce.
Kevin Ticen, Author, “When It Mattered Most — The Forgotten Story of America’s First Stanley Cup, and the War to End All Wars”
In “When It Mattered Most,” Author Kevin Ticen tells an inspiring story of the first American team to win the Stanley Cup, a feat largely lost to history. In the winter of 1917, as Europe spiraled rapidly out of control and pulled the U.S. into the greatest conflict the world had ever seen, a talented band of athletes in the Pacific Northwest fought to turn themselves into an elite team. That elite team would battle the looming war, their own insecurities, and fierce opponents on both coasts of Canada to captivate a community and journey toward hockey immortality. “When It Mattered Most” breathes life into the humanity and times of a remarkable team during a monumental 18‑month period of world history.
Ed Lein, Allen Brain Institute, “New Technologies Driving Breakthroughs in Understanding Human Brain Complexity in Health and Disease”
Ed Lein is an Investigator at the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle. He received a B.S. in biochemistry from Purdue University, a Ph.D. in neurobiology from UC Berkeley, and performed postdoctoral work at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.
Dr. Lein joined the Allen Institute in 2004 and has been a leader in the creation of new large-scale maps of the brain, created as open access resources for the community. He currently leads efforts to develop new high-throughput and high resolution technologies to understand the fine structure and function of the human brain that can be applied to study brain diseases as well.
Ever since graduating (cum laude) from Seattle University School of Law, Rajiv Nagaich has been committed to the goal of having a practice that encompasses so much more than just legal planning. He believes that clients do not come to Elder Law practices to ensure that their ailing loved ones die with the biggest possible bank accounts.
Rather, clients hire Elder Law attorneys to make sure that their loved ones can live as good a life as is possible under the circumstances, without trampling their families under the weight of their care-giving duties. This practice area is about helping people with issues related to the healthcare, housing, financial, and legal arenas.
Elder Law attorneys recognize that aging is a family affair, and that proper planning must involve getting the family involved as soon as possible in their loved one’s planning process. Rajiv calls this LifePlanning.
Apptio Co-founder and CEO Sunny Gupta is a product visionary and innovator whose customer obsession led him to conversations with CIOs, where he uncovered the market demand for creating an analytics-based business management system for IT. Since founding Apptio in late 2007, he both pioneered Apptio’s market category, Technology Business Management (TBM), and drove the company to become the market leader in this disruptive category with significant scale. In January 2019, Apptio was acquired by Vista Equity Partners, two years after going public.
Prior to founding Apptio, Sunny was EVP Products at Opsware, responsible for all of Opsware product businesses, up to its acquisition by HP. He was also the co-founder and CEO of iConclude, which pioneered the IT runbook automation market and drove its acquisition by Opsware.
Jared Roach, MD, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, The Institute for Systems Biology, “Multimodal Prevention and Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease”
At the The Institute for Systems Biology, Hood-Price Lab, Dr. Jared Roach is interested in basic and translational analyses and applications of high-throughput systems-biology data. He is currently focusing on understanding the genetics of complex neurodegenerative diseases, including Huntington’s Disease. His research interests include analysis of MHC haplotypes and their relationship to risk and etiology of type 1 diabetes and other autoimmune diseases.
Dr. Roach is pioneering approaches for the analysis of whole genome sequencing data in the context of family pedigrees.
Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff has been a leading transit executive for more than a decade. He spent 22 years on the staff of the Senate Appropriations Committee, including 14 years as Democratic Staff Director on the Transportation Subcommittee.
From 2009‑2014 Rogoff led the Federal Transit Administration under President Obama, and from 2014‑2016 he was the Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Tom Captain, Retired Vice Chairman and Global & US Aerospace & Defense Sector Leader, Deloitte LLP, “Aerospace in Washington – What does the Future Hold?”
Tom Captain is the recently retired and long time leader for Deloitte’s global Aerospace and Defense sector practice. In his role, Tom was the senior leader, interfacing with client executives, the media, and industry organizations, while also serving on clients assignments. In his 36 years with Deloitte, Tom specialized in aircraft launch programs, operational restructuring, strategy, due diligence, cost reduction, M&A, financing, product development, engineering, operations, productivity improvement, information systems, and PMO. He is one of the most cited, well known, and respected experts in the sector.
Joshua Heim, Arts Program Manager, City of Bellevue, “Why Public Art? How Art Turns Spaces Into Places in Bellevue”
Joshua Heim is the arts program manager at the City of Bellevue, and was previously the cultural arts administrator for the City of Redmond. Before that, he spent 10 years in the heritage and museum field, starting his career at Kaho‘oilina, a scholarly journal in Honolulu, dedicated to preserving the Hawaiian language and supporting Hawaiian language immersion schools. He went on to work at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience in Seattle, where he developed community-based exhibitions and managed the award winning YouthCAN program, recipient of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award.
Elaina Herber is an experienced chief executive officer and entrepreneurial community leader with a knack for creating value in a variety of service industries, including family entertainment centers and recreation, hospitality and restaurant services, and high‑tech. Mrs. Herber has over 20 years of experience as an innovator and business developer. She holds a master’s degree in Technology Management, and through her 15 years of experience in IT, established global technology partnerships and launched innovative solutions with many of the world’s most visible High‑Tech companies, such as Lucent Technologies, AT&T, Qwest Communications, SAP, and Microsoft.
Steve McConnell is the author of some of software development’s most respected and bestselling books. His first book, Code Complete, is a software industry classic that is often described as the best‑reviewed, bestselling software development book of all time. Steve’s books have sold more than 1 million copies and have been translated into more than a dozen languages.
Steve is the founder and CEO of Construx Software, which helps leading edge companies improve their software development capabilities through private, on‑site seminars, online courses, and customized consulting engagements.
A former college professor, newspaper reporter and lead narrative designer for a computer game studio, Robert Ferrigno is the author of fourteen thrillers. His first novel, The Horse Latitudes, was called “the fiction debut of the season” by Time magazine; although, to be fair, it was only May.
His most recent books are the Assassin trilogy (Prayers for the Assassin, Sins of the Assassin, Heart of the Assassin) set thirty-five years in the future, after a civil war has left the United States divided into two nations, a Muslim republic and a Christian Bible Belt. Fun ensues.
Frances Dewing, CEO, Rubica, Inc., “Personal Cybersecurity: Why You Should Care and What You Can Do”
In this digital age, the virtual and physical “you” are inextricably linked. Cybersecurity is often discussed in the context of corporations, but what about the individual? We will unpack the issue from the personal perspective and discuss cybercrime trends targeting individuals, how you (and others) could be a weak link for your business, and practical ways to protect yourself, your family, and your data.
Frances Dewing is the CEO and Co-Founder of Rubica, a high‑growth, venture‑backed company, focused on bringing advanced cybersecurity to individuals. She regularly consults to boards, Fortune 100 executives, and HNW private client groups on cybersecurity issues and best practices. Since the company’s inception, Frances built and directed Rubica’s core operations teams, including cyber operations, customer support, finance, legal, diversity initiatives, and human resources.
Since joining El Gaucho and his father and founder, Paul Mackay, in 2003, the two worked together to build a special place for people to celebrate their lives. Over the years, Chad developed strategic direction to promote continual growth, and in July 2017 announced the evolution to Fire & Vine Hospitality. The operating company manages the El Gaucho family of restaurants and the Inn at El Gaucho, an operating partnership with Chef Jason Wilson’s restaurants and new properties set to open in 2017 and 2018. His primary responsibilities include developing the company’s people and structure and continuing to foster the El Gaucho legacy of service to our guests and community. As a dedicated member of the Seattle community, Chad is active in the Washington State Hospitality Association and Visit Seattle, as Finance Chair and Board Chair.
A successful entrepreneur and passionate impact leader, Spencer Oberg is an active partner in several for profit and non profit companies. He is an accomplished public speaker, with a TED Talk under his belt, an educator who has created and hosted entrepreneurship seminars and events, and the president of several Toastmasters clubs.
Spencer also spent a total of 8 years in prison. His experience with the criminal justice system taught him that we have much to learn about how to successfully deal with crime and other social issues, and from this he developed a passion for informing public opinion on criminal justice reform.
Karen Olson, Chief Marketing Officer, Space Needle Corporation & Blair Payson, AIA, LEED® AP, Principal at Olson Kundig, “Exciting Changes at the Space Needle!”
Karen Olson is the Chief Marketing Officer of the Space Needle and Chihuly Garden and Glass. An innovator who has spent more than 25 years developing compelling customer experiences, Karen has received national attention for launching a series of digital experiences at the Space Needle, to help keep its landmark experience tech-forward, in the news and, more importantly, in the hearts and minds of its guests.
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Blair Payson joined Olson Kundig in 2004 and has worked on both architectural and exhibit design projects, including the Century Project for the Space Needle, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center, and [storefront] Olson Kundig, as well as several residential projects across the Western United States and Mexico. A maker at heart, Blair is an architect who revels in the details.
Matt Hayes, President & CEO, and Reba Gilman, Vice President of Education, Museum of Flight, “The Museum of Flight: Enhancing Stem Education & Careers”
MATT HAYES joined the staff of the Museum of Flight in March 2006. However, he really began his involvement with the Museum in 2000, as a B‑17 restoration volunteer, something he did until the aircraft went on display in 2009. Hayes has held many posts, from Controller, to Vice President of Finance and Administration and CFO, to Executive Vice President. In his current role as President and CEO, Hayes is responsible for directing the Museum’s long-term strategic planning process and ensuring that the Museum reaches its vision of becoming the foremost educational air and space museum in the world.
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REBA GILMAN is the founder and first principal/CEO of Raisbeck Aviation High School (RAHS). In this role she successfully built the program from the ground up, recruiting students and families and developing key partnerships to ensure stakeholder support for the school’s mission of “preparing students for college, career, and citizenship, in the context of aviation and aerospace.” The school has become a nationally recognized model of excellence, with students achieving in the top 1% in the nation; annually, approximately 70‑80% transition to STEM education post-secondary programs.
Kevin Wallace oversees all development and acquisition activity for Wallace Properties. He is also responsible for all legal matters for the company’s three divisions: Brokerage, Property and Asset Management, and Investment/Development.
Wallace Properties builds sustainable, transit-oriented mixed-use development projects in urban centers throughout the Puget Sound region. Under Kevin’s leadership, Wallace was awarded NAIOP Developer of the Year in 2012 by the Washington Chapter of NAIOP.
Ben Hammer, CFA, is a sales executive for Vanguard, where he is dedicated to forming and sustaining long-term partnerships with Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs) in the Pacific Northwest. In this role Ben consults with advisors on portfolio construction, economic research, financial planning, investment advice, and RIA business management topics.